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    The Seasons shall be revived as a ballet and not just as a symphonic work! I know it!

    There is so much potential of choreography, plot, and visuals:

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    I too would love to see a performance of The Seasons. The difficulty lies in programming it, I think: at around 35-40 minutes in total length, it doesn't really even make up half a programme. Perhaps if someone choreographed one or both of Glazunov's Concert Waltzes they could be added to make up half an evening's eventainment, but you'd still be well short of a full evening in the theatre.

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    Last weekend I went to see Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for the first time. The first act was a little slow, but overall it was delightfully magical. Much better than I expected with beautiful costumes & sets and video images were nicely incorporated. I loved the humorous scenes, especially the 3rd act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhdanov View Post
    Big Ratmansky fan. Waiting for his Sleeping Beauty to show up on video.

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    Roberto Bolle at his very best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biwa View Post
    Last weekend I went to see Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for the first time. The first act was a little slow, but overall it was delightfully magical. Much better than I expected with beautiful costumes & sets and video images were nicely incorporated. I loved the humorous scenes, especially the 3rd act.
    I too have seen it live at the Royal Opera House. To be honest, however, I think it works even better on Blu-ray/DVD where camera close-ups make the striking visuals far more interesting. If you have already seen the Blu-ray/DVD, the theatrical performance can fall a little flat and seem something of an anticlimax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Roberto Bolle at his very best.
    I don't know what the La Scala Tchaikovsky Gala looks like on DVD, but - unusually for BelAir Classiques whose Blu-ray discs are often technically superb - on Blu-ray it suffers very badly from the well-known juddering image effect. That's particularly in evidence whenever a camera tracks a soloist moving quickly and laterally across the stage while other dancers remain stationary in the background.

    There are, as you say, some excellent Bolle performances here, though I don't think he does himself any favours by adopting an apparent de haut en bas attitude as he swans around the stage after the curtain call drinking champagne.
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    Well, I have a nice, 1970s-era performance of Stravinsky's "Petrouchka", with Rudolf Nureyev. It IS remarkable, and maybe I can find a way to upload it.

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    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

    Margot Fonteyn & Rudolf Nureyev

    Wiener Symphoniker & Mitglieder des Balletts der Wiener Staatsoper, John Lanchbery

    We had a wonderful evening watching this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post



    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

    Margot Fonteyn & Rudolf Nureyev

    Wiener Symphoniker & Mitglieder des Balletts der Wiener Staatsoper, John Lanchbery

    We had a wonderful evening watching this.
    I have them doing R&J. That performance was actually released as a movie in theatres.

    Next Saturday marks my return to live ballet. Because of some Covid-related scheduling adjustments and my screw-up on changing dates, I have to see Serenade twice this fall. Pity me.

    On a semi-related note, has anyone else heard the Herold/Lanchberry recording of La Fille Mal Garde?

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    The vinyl has been on the TAS Super Disc list since I started reading it in the 80's. I got the CD as part of the Decca Analogue box. Worth tracking down.
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    Please correct me if I'm wrong (I may well be!), but I thought that Lanchbery [with just one R, by the way] only recorded a disc of - admittedly substantial - excerpts of La fille mal gardée. The single-disc CD that I have (Decca 430 196-2) is billed as such and runs to just 50'46". A later Decca recording (430 849-2) featuring the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge contains almost twice as much music (94'44") and so runs onto a second CD. Its completeness makes it, for me, the preferable purchase of the two, even though Lanchbery, as the original re-arranger of the score, has a strong claim on our interest.

    Incidentally, the full Bonynge recording may also be found on the recent Decca set of his complete ballet recordings (485 0781) - a superb collection of 45 CDs at a competitive price. If that appeals, I'd order now as it's described as being a "limited edition".

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    ^^^^^^^^

    you mean this one?









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    That's the one. It's a fabulous set.

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